Jaguar has really been unlucky when it comes to bringing out flagship cars that tread the line from sports cars to supercar. First was the Jaguar XJ220 that never materialized the way the British marque intended it to be (read more). The C-X75 was planned as a spiritual successor to the XJ220, but it would leapfrog Jaguar into the next era of motoring by providing a plug-in hybrid powertrain, that when combined with the traditional gas-powered engine, would output a total of 788 horsepower. Unfortunately, amidst the global economic slowdown, the 250 examples of the car that were supposed to be produced had to be cancelled, leaving Jaguar’s ambitious project in limbo.
The Jaguar C-X75 project was shelved after its initial debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show with only 5 development prototypes made. It wasn’t until 2015 when the C-X75 finally got a deserving ovation when it was immortalized by Mr Hinx in the James Bond film Spectre. For the movie, four stunt cars where made, each modified to meet the rigorous driving demands of the movie. The in-line four cylinder petrol engine was swapped with a V8 from the Jaguar F-Type, further mated to a six-speed transmission, while adding a mechanical limited slip differential to facilitate easy drifting and stunt driving. Rally-spec suspensions were added to ensure that the C-X75 could be thrown around on city roads while been driven over undulations and sideways for the movie’s chase scenes.
This here is car number one of four that were produced for the movie, co-developed by Jaguar SVO and Williams Advance Engineering (of Formula 1 fame) and is the actual car driven by Dave Bautista during the movie chase scenes. Rebuilt and serviced by Williams after finishing filming, this particular example has been a globetrotter, regularly appearing at movie promotions and even being shipped to Mexico where it was driven by ex-F1 driver Felipe Massa during the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix. The 2015 Jaguar C-X75 “Spectre” car will be up for sale at RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi auction on November 30, 2019. Photos by Amy Shore for RM Sotheby’s